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Peter Farrar

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Peter's obsession with test match cricket is well known amongst his friends, often leading them to avoid him or quickly change the subject when he begins his analysis. Since 1978 the only Boxing Day test he has missed was when South Africa's return from their ban was washed out at the MCG. His daughters regularly accompany him to the test, retreating to the bar when he begins recalling matches he attended as a younger man.

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I think his life after that incident wasn’t all that great either Rowdy. There was some kind of theft charge against him which resulted in a guilty plea and if I recall a fine. It would have been very difficult not to be affected by all that happened over those no ball calls.

What makes a great cricket umpire?

Thanks JGK. We’re most likely always going to witness wrong calls although when the mistakes are howlers it becomes hard to take.

What makes a great cricket umpire?

Not at all surprised you picked up on some mischief, he had that look about him.

What makes a great cricket umpire?

I never worked out that sprint Paul. As if Dar needed to release something and just took off. Very out of character for a person who generally comes across as serious and dour.

What makes a great cricket umpire?

Thanks Scott. As I mentioned in a response to Paul, the title of the article was changed and it must have looked silly for Joel Wilson to get a mention. I hadn’t intended for the article to be about what makes an umpire great and to see Joel’s name there must have made it seem I’d swallowed a couple of double scotches while writing this. Thanks again

What makes a great cricket umpire?

Thanks Paul and appreciate the detail of your comments. It’s only a small thing but it wasn’t the title that I put to this story and the intent wasn’t for it to be about what makes a great umpire. (The heading I offered was “Refereeing the umpires” but that may have come across as wordy or heavy going). So it was changed. I liked what you said about being unafraid to say not out if you don’t know. I always wanted to umpire but ultimately didn’t pursue it for reasons of time

What makes a great cricket umpire?

I admit when younger if I had an appeal knocked back a couple of times I began to think the umpire had it in for me, rather than just doing their job.

What makes a great cricket umpire?

Thanks John. I so thought I had that accurately in my memory but goes to show everything should be checked. Thanks again.

Winning the unwinnable (or losing the unloseable)

I expect they must have been Jon. Imran was certainly on the tour and I expect Sarfraz must have been also.

Winning the unwinnable (or losing the unloseable)

That declaration certainly set the scene. I was impressed by the Pakistan run rate, they really went after it.

Winning the unwinnable (or losing the unloseable)

I used to wonder whether a loss like that could affect the morale of a touring team. Perhaps back then it might have. Pakistan’s performance against Australia A last summer probably gave them a boost at the time. Thanks for your recollection, great story

Winning the unwinnable (or losing the unloseable)

Thanks for the comment JWoody. What a great story from Jeff Dujon. And your recollection of being slumped in front of the TV with little else to do. For cricket tragics it must have been heaven on earth to have a touring team visit a community. Would have been a way of promoting the game too, the same way an AFL match is occasionally played in Ballarat for example. Playing in Mildura at that time of year would have been hot work.

Winning the unwinnable (or losing the unloseable)

I so do as well Tigerbill. They gave you a look at the touring team plus a few local up and comers.

Winning the unwinnable (or losing the unloseable)

That result left us with a reputation we could be very shaky when chasing down a score. Can only wonder what went wrong that day. Over confident or complacency maybe?

Winning the unwinnable (or losing the unloseable)

How good would that chat have been. I used to always go to the tour match of Victoria against the visitors. For years they were at the MCG. I may be wrong but the last one at that location was Victoria versus England when Andrew Strauss was captain. It was a three day match and I went to the first day. I miss those occasions.

Winning the unwinnable (or losing the unloseable)

That’s so true. I have a copy of that tucked away with the vinyls somewhere.

Winning the unwinnable (or losing the unloseable)

As always appreciate your comment Paul. Oh yes, THAT test in last year’s ashes means I still need trauma counselling. I think it was Ray Bright who in fact captained. I seem to recall that because several days later I was having a beer with the people I’d gone to the game with and we were discussing what had been, as best as I can remember, Ray Bright’s declaration. I’d always recalled this particular game but it took me sometime to Google through to the scoreboard so I could check some things. It’s the Yallop innings that sticks in my mind about that match.

Winning the unwinnable (or losing the unloseable)

That mention of David Gower possibly never playing a fighting innings is an interesting one. Seeing him in full flight was a treat, he was indeed a fluent batsman when he got going. But possibly not the person who was going to dig his team out of a batting collapse

The best England Test XI of the 1980s: Part 1

Thanks for that comment! When I started writing for the Roar a few weeks ago I’d just lost my job and decided now was the time to pursue a few writing interests. In writing about cricket, I mainly wanted the article to celebrate the game. So yes, I probably won’t write too much about best teams and so on, although with no sport being played, it is difficult coming up with material. Never thought I’d be able to include anything on tomato patches. Appreciated your encouragement

Pitching for the MCG

It’s certainly not a God given right as you say. Given the attendance numbers, it’s unlikely to be lost but one never knows. There are certain sporting events here that I think some Victorians feel cannot be taken away. The Australian Tennis Open is another. But if there’s better financial gain to be made, those loyalties will be quickly abandoned by the decision makers.

Pitching for the MCG

Thanks Micko. I expect you’re right, not much chance of our playing a Boxing Day test in Capetown. I believe the attendances wouldn’t justify it anyway. The disappointing part is that we also don’t get to have them here for Boxing Day.

Pitching for the MCG

Thanks for the comment Paul. Yes, the last test certainly indicated there’d been significant improvement. As difficult as the groundsmen job is, imagine if we went ahead with the suggestion of all tests being played at the same venue this summer. What a nightmare trying to restore the surface after each match of 5 days! I’ll be sticking to planting tomatoes!

Pitching for the MCG

Interesting read and a chance to revisit those times. The names of several cricketers from that period stick in my mind although not because they should have made that list. I recall in the mid 80s a stylish opening bat called Rick Darling who was inconsistent but during the occasions when on song, he was a fluent batsman. I seem to remember Rodney Hogg and Alan Hurst were a more than useful opening bowling attack too, although they often had little to bowl to as the bats failed. Until that successful ashes tour in 1989, the 80s were a tough time for Aussie cricket

The best Aussie Test XI of the 1980s

Very much like how you suggest the tour could go ahead Paul. There’s even a chance that those tour matches may have reasonable attendances as the Indian team is popular and people of that background may well go along. I just can’t imagine a summer without test matches going along in the background and after what has been a difficult time we could all do with the distraction. I in fact lost my job and after weeks of dealing with Cenrelink and combing through SEEK.com I will welcome following the fortunes of Tim Paine and co!

What Australia’s next cricket summer should look like

Very interesting Matth. As I read your last paragraph I thought of those times when bowlers conceal the ball before delivering it. The Ponting interview I mentioned made a strong impression on me, in many ways it would have been better to post the tape rather than write the article I did.

Is seeing the ball a superpower?